The Roberts family is to motorcycle racing what the Andrettis and Unsers are to automobile racing. Kenny Roberts Sr. won the AMA Grand National Championship at 21 years old, making him the youngest rider to have won that title. He took his first of three 500 Grand Prix road racing world championships when he was 26. His son Kenny Jr. won the 2001 500 GP title at the age of 27. Youngest son Kurtis Roberts was racing in Europe at the age of 17. He rode the 250 GP class at 18. He won his first AMA title in the Formula Xtreme class while riding for the Erion team at 20. Last year, at 21, he won the Formula Xtreme title a second consecutive time and also took the 600 SuperSport championship.
You see a pattern here? One could argue that genetics makes the Roberts clan superior road racers, but that shortchanges them. Junior and Kurtis grew up on their father's ranch in Hickman, California, sliding around on Honda XRٱ00s with road-racing legends such as Wayne Rainey, Eddie Lawson, John Kocinski and Bubba Shobert, and have worked as hard as any of them for their success. The thing is, Kurtis started road racing in GPs earlier than his father or older brother and already has more titles than either of them at the same age. There are those who say the youngest Roberts could very well be the best.
The year after Kurtis Roberts came home from Europe, he joined the Erion team and has been with them ever since. He's progressed steadily and with remarkable speed, going from second in points in the AMA's 250 GP class to his Formula Xtreme title in 1999 to his double titles in 2000. Obviously there's good chemistry between him and the team.
"There are a lot of advantages to being on the Erion team," he says. "Honda is committed to building the best bikes, and the Erion team is really a unique group of people. They work together as a team. We win as a team, and we lose as a team. And that's very important."
For 2001, Roberts will defend his 600 title aboard Honda's new CBR600F4i, and will step up to ride the premier road-race class in the United States, AMA Superbike, on Honda's RC51 V-twin weapon.
Now, some riders might be more circumspect about their freshman year in the Superbike class, but not Roberts. He wants to win the title. And he's got some advantages that might help him do it. First off, he knows how to ride mega-horsepower motorcycles, having mastered the Erion team's snorting, tire-smoking Formula Xtreme weapons. Second, Roberts has been consistently quick when he's ridden the RC51. On several occasions last year he posted quicker times than anyone in the field.
"The first time I ever sat on the RC51 I was on pole on the thing the first day," Roberts says. "So I know I'm fast on the bike."
"I was always better on bigger bikes. Big bikes suit my style. I can slide them and do whatever I want with them better than I can on a 600." And we all know just how well he rides a 600.
"I want to win two more championships," he says. "I want to win the 600 race at Daytona again, and continue on from there like I did last year. And, you know, I'd love to win Superbike races and that championship, all of which I think are attainable."
Such goals certainly seem within his reachespecially when he talks about what he learned last season with a degree of maturity that should worry his competitors.
"I need to stop trying to lead every lap," he says. "And I don't need to win every race. Trying to win them all last year really blew out three or four 600 races which we probably could have won.
"I've just got to let things come to me rather than make them happen all the time. Like Road Atlanta, for instance. I tried to make too much happen too early and ran off the track, when we could have won. And I had three or four laps at that point faster than anyone else that weekend. So I've got to learn to let things come to me a little slower."
Combine the speed he's already shown, and the clarity of purpose in targeting championship wins rather than individual race victories, and you've got to wonder: Could Kurtis Roberts be the best Roberts we've seen yet?
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The new indianmotorcycle.com launches June 30th
Our new site is going through final development. With an exciting new design
(see below) and a host of new features almost every rider will love, we expect our site launch to be the beginning of a wonderful extension of your riding. With features that include the ability to start rides with new friends, to look for rare parts, and to automatically find out about new rides in your area, we look forward to seeing you soon and often.
The Indian Motorcycle Centennial ͠Stay updated on the latest plans for the 100th anniversary of America?s first motorcycle brand. Special events will include a commemorative cross-country ride.
Hitting the Open Road ͠Find Great Rides in your area. Visit frequently to see new routes, or sign up to get updates by e-mail. Not only will you find wonderful rides, you will also be able to get printable directions and maps. You can even see the latest weather conditions for the routes.
Riding With Other Local Riders ͠The Ride Starter is a special feature for all riders. By signing up for the member?s section you can be automatically notified of group rides in your local area. You can even start your own ride. The member?s section will search the database for any riders in your local area that are interested in touring the local roads.
Become a Member ͠Sign up to read the latest repair tips, find that rare part you have been looking for, see photos of other riders, listings of local routes and biker friendly establishments. You can even be updated automatically when a certain message or part shows up in the Member?s Section.
Dealer Pages - An easy way to find out the latest information on your local dealership. See special events, sales, product inventory, and of course, directions and store hours. You can find out about all Indian Motorcycle dealers directly through our dealer locator.
Web Design by Andy Smale 2004
Welcome to the new look ruralmoto, a new web portal for motorcyclists to use. We hope that you enjoy it!
What is ruralmoto? Well it's a web site for discerning Gentlemen Touring Motorcyclists, who wish to have a single point of access to all things webby. On this site you'll find links to the kind of material that a Gentleman should have, such as google and vintage wine and cigar dealers.
What is a WebPortal? This is a site that you use to access the internet. Simply set this page as your home page in your browser and you will always come here when you log into the internet. You will have news, links, search engines only a mouse click away!
You will also find events as they are organised. Attendance is by invitation only for a select few Gentlemen. Our Events are always in a rural location and are well attended by Sporting Gentlemen Motorcyclists. Usually they consist of a chuff round the countryside before retiring to our lodgings for a rest. The evening is spent sitting down to a seventeen course sumptuous dinner.
CBT - What is it and what does it entail?
Compulsory Basic Training (CBT for short) was introduced in 1990 in an attempt to reduce the number of accidents learner riders were having. Of course, training existed prior to CBT but it didn't stop people buying bikes and riding off on them without any training - hence the accidents.
Over the intervening years since CBT was introduced, the number of learner riders having accidents has reduced and this is thought to be attributable to CBT.
So, what is CBT?
it is COMPULSORY - every one (well not quite) is required to do it before they are allowed to ride on public roads unaccompanied by a qualified instructor. The only people who escape CBT at the moment are those who want to ride a moped and already hold a full car licence issued before the 1st February 2001 but even they are being encourage to go through a CBT course in the interest of safety.
it is BASIC - to use a ladder as an analogy, gaining a CBT Certificate is being able to put your foot on the first rung of what is a very long training ladder indeed. In fact, one without an end! It is designed to give you the minimum amount of experience and knowledge to be able to ride relatively safely on our busy roads. The amount of practical on-road riding experience given during CBT is very limited so everyone completing CBT is advised and encouraged to go on to take further training as soon as possible, if not straight away.
it is TRAINING - not a test. That comes later.
CBT can usually be completed in one day but if more time is required to complete the course, it will be allocated. Time is not the essence - safety is!
There are five parts to CBT, some theoretical and others practical. You must display an understanding of the theoretical parts and an acceptable degree of competence in the practical riding skills before being able to progress from one part to the next. If all is satisfactory with the theoretical and practical off-road riding elements, the course ends with an on-the-road session accompanied by an instructor who is in radio contact with you.
So long as everything is completed to the instructor's satisfaction (who is following the guidelines set out by the DSA), you will receive a CBT Certificate which validates your licence and allows you to ride a bike of up to 125cc on the road unaccompanied by an instructor. 'L' plates must be displayed however and pillion passengers are not allowed. Motorways are also forbidden at this stage.
A CBT Certificate is valid for 2 years. Failure to pass both the Teory Test and the Practical Test within that period will lead to its cancellation and CBT will have to be retaken to validate your licence once more. But don't wait this long. Further training is absolutely essential.
Next you will need to take your Theory Test.
Like the '01 CRs, HRCA Red Rider Contingency will bring out the champion in you. When you ride for Honda, you ride as part of an elite team.
For 2001, we've added events. HRCA Red Rider Contingency will be posted at well over 400 events nationwide; that's 4.4 million dollars posted in 2001! From January 1-December 31, 2001, Honda will award payments to riders based on performance. It's as simple as that. If you're a winner, you can get paid.
Contingency winnings will be issued through the HRCA Red Rider Contingency Card. This is a revolutionary way to collect contingency winnings - and on top of that, the card can be used at any participating Honda Dealer or anywhere Visa is accepted. It's as versatile as you are.
All 2000 or newer CR models are eligible for Contingency. Purchasers of new CRs receive a free one-year HRCA membership from date of purchase.* Your membership also entitles you to discounts at the Gary Bailey Motocross School.
Check the requirements and schedule get your bike race-ready and try your luck at our next event! For more information on contingency rules and regulations, click here.
You can now download printable Contingency claim forms. Click here for the off-road form. Download Adobe Acrobat.
*Original owners of 2000 - 2001 year CR models purchased from a participating dealer receive a complimentary one year membership from date of original AHM Warranty Registration.
CR, XR, Honda Rider's Club of America, and HRCA are trademarks of Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
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May 9 - 18, 2003
Over 200,000 motorcycle enthusiasts are expected in Myrtle Beach for the Annual Spring Bike Rally making this rally the largest single Harley Rally in the Carolinas!
The Myrtle Beach area is absolutely stunning and one of the top vacation destinations in the nation with over 13 million visitors annually. Myrtle Beach has over 60,000 guest-rooms, 1,600+ dinning establishments, entertainment theaters, amusement parks, and over 100 golf courses. Motorcycle riders from all over the eastern part of the United States enjoy the great cruising weather at Myrtle in May. Several major motorcycle attractions are set up during the spring rally.
Every year more people enjoy the Grand-Strand and this is reflected in the attendance for Myrtle Beach Bike Week. The south end of the Grand-Strand area (Murrells Inlet & Inlet Square Mall area) will again host most of the Motorcycle Events for Bike Week. New to Bike Week, there is two (2) ways to get to Murrells Inlet and both come together at Inlet Square Mall. Business 17 and Bypass 17 bring you to the largest single outdoors vending and business location Bike Week.